UK bank stress test results - PwC's UK head of banking and capital markets comments

Published at 07:59 AM on 01 December 2015

Commenting on the publication of UK bank stress test results today, Simon Hunt, UK banking and capital markets leader at PwC, said:

“Today’s stress test results confirm again the progress made by UK banks in building their capital positions. We now know that they are resilient against a severe slowdown in Asia as well as a dramatic fall in UK house prices.

"The Bank of England will not, however, allow the banks to rest on their laurels. The pass mark for next year’s stress test will be higher and the scenarios may well be more severe if the economy continues to improve. Today’s other announcement that the Bank of England plans to increase capital buffers for the UK banking system above and beyond the internationally agreed Basel 3 standards represents yet another demand on the banks’ capital resources.

"However, it isn’t only about the numbers. The Bank of England has identified a number of weaknesses in banks’ stress testing capabilities - especially in relation to net interest income and traded risk projections - which will need to be remedied as a priority if further capital add-ons are to be avoided."


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